Lisa Wilkinson

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Lisa Wilkinson
Lisa Wilkinson in February 2013.jpg
Lisa Wilkinson in Sydney, February 2013
Born (1959-12-19) 19 December 1959 (age 55)
Wollongong, Australia
Occupation Television presenter, journalist
Notable credit(s)
Spouse(s) Peter FitzSimons
at Nine MSN

Lisa Wilkinson (born 19 December 1959) is an Australian journalist and television presenter. Her background is in magazine editing.

Wilkinson is the co-host of the Nine Network's breakfast television program Today with Karl Stefanovic and has been since 2007.


Wilkinson was born in Wollongong[1] and attended Campbelltown Performing Arts High School in the Sydney suburb of Campbelltown. She began her career at a young age working for the magazine Dolly.[2] At age 21,[2] she became the youngest ever editor of the magazine.[3] After four years she was appointed editor of the magazine Cleo and went on to become International Editor-in-Chief.[2]

Her television career began in the late 1990s when she was a regular panelist on Network Ten and Foxtel's Beauty and the Beast. During the 2000 Summer Olympics, she (along with Duncan Armstrong) co-hosted The Morning Shift on the Seven Network.[4]

In April 2005, she began hosting Weekend Sunrise on the Seven Network with Chris Reason, later with Andrew O'Keefe.[5]

On 10 May 2007, it was confirmed that Wilkinson was to co-host Today on the Nine Network after Jessica Rowe left the network. Her last appearance on Weekend Sunrise was 6 May 2007, and she began appearing on Today on 28 May 2007.[6]

Since 2008, Wilkinson has been the co-host of the Nine Network's Carols by Candlelight, replacing long time host Ray Martin when Martin semi-retired. Wilkinson's co-host from 2008 until 2012, was Karl Stefanovic and in 2013, she was joined by David Campbell.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Wilkinson is a former student of Campbelltown High School (now Campbelltown Performing Arts High School).[3]

She married media personality Peter FitzSimons on 26 September 1992;[9] they have three children, two sons and a daughter.[10]


  1. ^ "A Day At A Time". Louise Turk, Illawarra Mercury, 7 June 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Today biography". 15 October 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Campbelltown City Council – Committee Minutes" (PDF). Campbelltown City Council. 7 December 2004. p. 11. Retrieved 11 November 2007. ...Lisa Wilkinson (a former student of Campbelltown High School who became the youngest ever editor of an Australian women's magazine). 
  4. ^ The Morning Shift,
  5. ^ "'You'd be a fool to feel safe on TV'" by Jo Casamento, The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 July 2013
  6. ^ "TV job gives new meaning to 'hot seat'" The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 May 2007
  7. ^ McManus, Bridget (19 December 2013). "Today's Lisa Wilkinson: 'We need to start developing a women's club [in media]'". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "End of an era as Ray quits Nine" by David Knox, TV Tonight, 20 October 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Galleries: 1992 Weddings". Perth p. 4. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Richard Clune (25 July 2010). "Today show hosts a perfect match". Sunday Telegraph (Australia: daily Retrieved 3 March 2014. 

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Media offices
Preceded by
Jessica Rowe
Co-host with Karl Stefanovic

28 May 2007 – present
New television program
Weekend Sunrise

April 2005 – 6 May 2007
Succeeded by
Samantha Armytage